Blue and Purple Labour Challenges to the Welfare State: How should ‘Statist’ Social Democrats respond?

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This article explores two influential strands of thinking about the welfare state, Blue Labour and Purple Labour, that have emerged following New Labour's defeat at the 2010 General Election. It is argued that although both of these new approaches raise some important issues about the relational and associational dimensions of social welfare as well as diversity and pluralism, those committed to universal and egalitarian goals should not abandon the ‘Statist’ Social Democratic approach to the welfare state.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-356
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number03
Early online date21 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015